The Secret Life of the American Teenager Review: Bridezilla

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I don't know whether to have a good feeling or a bad feeling about the final episodes of Secret Life of The American Teenager.

"To Each Her Own" certainly didn't give any substantial clues to help me out. The end-game couple has always been, in this viewer's estimation, Amy and Ricky. Their start was rocky but they learned to communicate in ways adults can only aspire to do, and that's how you build a lasting relationship.

The was so much doubt cast over their future in the spring premiere that I'm worried the writers have a different ending in mind than the one I have been betting on for five years.

Amy's Unhappy

The biggest portion of the drama was focused around Amy and her wedding dress. On a positive note, she finally bought one, which would indicate she's ready to move forward with the wedding. The downside was she bought it at a thrift store and only paid $25 for it.

Did she really buy it because she spotted a fantastic deal on a one of a kind designer gown and saw her dream of being Ricky's wife and beginning their life together coming true on a level she couldn't otherwise imagine in their circumstances? Or, as Adrian surmised, did purchasing that ugly dress somehow portray her true feelings about where she stands with Ricky - she made a decision to do the right thing and now she's stuck with it.

That wouldn't make you feel pretty, and without the benefit of Amy's imagination, all we saw was an ugly dress.

It seemed the harder she tried to get support from her friends and family about the dress and tried to get them to see the beauty of her future in it, the more rejection she got from them, and the more she questioned her future. Not just the dress, but her entire life. If nobody could imagine what she could make out of a dirty dress, then how could they believe she and Ricky could make a beautiful life together with what little they had?

Omar spotted the gown for what it was on the outside, and was one of the only friends to commend her on sticking by Ricky and John and living together as a family. The dress and her life seemed to be living the same story.

When Ricky finally apologized about his reaction to the dress, he said if she could make a man out of him, then she could make a lovely dress out of those rags. But Amy didn't make Ricky the man he has become, that was his own adventure. An adventure he seemed to be questioning.

When Clementine gave him his baseball trophy, Amy got jealous. As long as she is still getting jealous, there is still something left to lose, so I was happy for that development. Instead of just tossing the trophy as he almost did, Ricky took it back and returned it to Clementine, when he learned she had an entire collection of Ricky memorabilia from their childhood.

That's very creepy. With the way he looked at her as he left the restaurant, he's going to have doubts about Amy. It was obvious because at that same moment, Amy finally told Ben she hopes he finds someone to love because even though his obsession with her has kept her afloat through the rough times, he needs to find a love of his own. Amy and Ricky are going to keep us guessing until the very end, when all I really want is about seven episodes of absolute love and happiness without any third party interference.

It was annoying to me that Ben could look at Amy with a straight face and accept her sentiment when he's wishing her life falls apart so he can catch her. Could there be anyone worse to give Ethan advice about Kathy than Ben? Kathy seemed happy to see him (and she got to fly first class), but that's going to be one hard sell to her parents in Texas. Ben knows first hand what happens when you fall in love with someone who had a baby with another boy. Why would he wish that life on someone else?

Anne is still dating Willadean, Nora's AA sponsor, and George had a hay day hitting on her. Even now that he's dating Kathleen, he still can't help himself from making passes at the gay women trying to turn them straight. He's such an odd fellow. Does anybody have a clue why he and Kathleen ran into Chaz Bono at the buffet restaurant? His life is like a cartoon.

It was totally unexpected that Anne's old boss and boyfriend, David, popped back into the picture as a possibility to be Robby's father. There isn't one untangled web on the show, and it seems Secret Life of the American Teenager Season 5 will finish off much as it started - a giant, entangled mess. Just please let it end with Amy and Ricky in each others arms.


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I So badly want Amy and Ricky to be together.. Im not sure how its gonna go. Amy wanted Ricky to marry her for such a long time, and they we're even going to elope. I think they are going to have a whole lot of drama during these final episodes, just to kind of keep us interested. And at the end, I think everything will fall into place, the way it should be. With Amy and Ricky together. Even if she does go school in New York, I think her and Ricky will still be together........


I agree with Bendrian Ben wasn't the one who text Amy the picture. He didn't ask for it, nor did he ask about the wedding. The only thing he did was give her an ear to whine on, which everyone does to him, give some advice, and help Ethan, because he doesn't want him to end up the same way. As for Ricky you idiots saw the promos so stop acting like he is innocent. Ben went to New York without Amy, that was obvious to see. I think this girl just likes pulling this boy into her life. Yet you never say its her fault, or Ricky's. You make some lame excuse, you have done it for five season's get a clue. They love drama, and he is their favorite puppet. I just hope that Pinochio cuts his strings and instead of becoming a real boy, he realizes he's a real man more than Ricky will ever be.


I'll be so glad when this dumb show is over.
I'm sorry but if Amy is going to marry Ricky and Ricky is supposedly a man now, don't you think they should stop calling him RICKY! It's so childish.


Well the writer of this review tried to say Ben is hoping her life will fall apart, How? He could easily have told everyone that Ricky and Amy lied about being married. It was Amy that sent him the picture of the dress. He is trying to move on. If her life falls apart its on her not him. You should look at the show and realize Amy never loved Ben or Ricky she is a player, and that is all she ever did. She just got caught up with a kid. Trying to believe that Ben is responsible for Ricky/Amy's problems is just childish. I hope he is just worried about his future now and has decided to let love find him. When the time is right the woman for him will come, and it will make his little girl proud of him. Unlike Amy and Ricky who will probably ruin their lives, and Johns by trapping the other for his sake.


(suite) kind of creepy. Adrian should mind her damn business but anyway she doesn't know what this means..hopeless..Adrian..poor Omar.
George is still a player but he amuse me most of the time, i will miss him when the show will end. That's all.


Ok my two scents. This is the finale season of this show, Amy and Ricky are the main pairing and uber-popular couple and characters of this show, the leads so come on they are endgame. I don't see otherwise even with Brenda Hampton behind the scenes, she is not suicidal guys..she doesn't want every fans or at least people who watch her show to curse her everytime she goes somewhere for the rest of her life ! lol However me thinks they will toss every obstacles they can towards Amy and Ricky in order to have 'drama' until the final episode or maybe the final minutes of the final episode..i am still pretty sure they will break up Amy and Ricky during these final episodes only for them to make up at the last minute..throwing themselves in each other's arms..and kiss of course..just watch ! On this episode this dress was just...hilarious..a nightmare, me too i would have been mad i get it Ricky.
Ben was pathetic, Clementine (very pretty girl) but her 'frienship' for Ricky..yeah kind of creepy. Adrian should mind her damn business but anyway she doesn't know what this means..hopeless..Adrian..poor Omar.
George is still a player but he amuse me most of the time, i will miss him when the show will end. That's all.


This show is just ridiculous lol
But I think the dress does symbolize Amy and Ricky's relationship but not in the way Adriane put it. Ricky used to be a very ugly nasty character and him and Amy hated each other but now they're beautiful and perfect together. that's what the dress will symbolize hopefully. Turning something ugly into something beautiful. And I do believe the dress will turn out beautiful like Amy dreams. Can't Clementine and Ben run away together and stop interferring in Amy and Ricky's lives and happiness? Seriously. I only watch this show for Amy and Ricky and all they do is fight and Amy is ALWAYS jealous. I wish they could just have ONE episode where they're just happy. Like have ONE episode where they take John to the park and have a happy day as a family.


I believe Amy will finally woman up and say how she really feels leaving Ricky and Ben with only her friendship. Amy should go to school in New York and finally doing something for herself.

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The Secret Life of the American Teenager Season 5 Episode 23 Quotes

Amy: She was world famous at one time.
Ricky: And then she made that dress?

Kathy: It's a new year, and they want me to get off the right start; go back to where I was before I got pregnant. Impossible.
Amy: Well, maybe you can at least go back to where you left off a little wiser.